ICYMI: Every day this week I’m highlighting at least one gift idea you can nab at the last minute across Canada. Today’s featured brand is all about broadening your horizons by learning a new language.
What It Is: Is someone in your life traveling in the New Year? Are they moving to a new country? Do they need to learn a new language or are they looking to brush up on one from their childhood? Whatever the case may be, Babbel has got you covered! This award-winning app allows you to learn the language of your choice on the go, with accessibility on your desktop and mobile devices that picks up seamlessly between devices. Currently you can learn 14 different languages – including common picks like French and Spanish and more exotic options like Turkish or Indonesian.
Not only is the platform super accessible, it’s set up in 10-20 minute bite-sized lessons that can be done daily without overwhelming your already jam-packed life. It even incorporates review lessons to ensure you’re retaining information after you’ve learned it. You can even tailor which lessons you take based on what you’re most interested in – from business to travel to everything in between. Speak a new language with confidence and a true understanding with this unique app. It makes a fab gift idea – currently gift cards aren’t available but you can always offer to pay for it when a loved one signs up, or sign up yourself and then transfer the account to your recipient. J’adore!
Who It’s For: Your sibling that’s spending a semester abroad. Your parents that are going on a multi-month trip. Your spouse that’s branching out with new business opportunities in a foreign market. Your bestie that’s challenging themselves to learn a new language as their New Year’s Resolution.
What It Costs: A one-year subscription is $170 – or just $14 a month!
Where It’s At: You can learn more about Babbel on their website (and take a sample exercise for a spin), or download it on the App or Google Play Store.
CONTEST ALERT! I am delighted to be offering up a one-year subscription to Babbel to one of my lucky readers. Want to enter to win it? Here’s how to enter:
1) Heads up: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave a comment by January 3, 2017 telling me which language you’d like to learn (hint: check the Babbel website for all your options!)
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January 4, 2017 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Follow Babbel on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) that promotes this giveaway and links back to this post! Leave a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.